Gourmet Guide awards restaurant plate ratings for 2023THE 2023 JHP GOURMET GUIDE is out, and 36 restaurants around South Africa have been awarded Three, Two or One Plate(s), plus another six Haute Performance Awards.

The guide was launched at Makers Landing at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, giving entrepreneurs in the incubation hub the opportunity to feed the country’s finest chefs.

“The guide showcases the best fine-dining establishments all over SA, and celebrates and rewards excellence in the industry,” says author, Jenny Handley. “This is the first restaurant rating system in South Africa that equates to global standards with international benchmarking.”

One plate is awarded for excellent cuisine, two for exceptional dining that demands a detour, and three plates for world-class destination dining worthy of a flight. As consistency forms an integral part of expansive criteria, no new restaurant receives three plates initially.


  1. Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
  2. FYN
  3. Indochine
  4. La Colombe
  5. La Petite Colombe


  1. Basalt
  2. Beyond
  3. Chefs Warehouse Maison
  4. Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic
  5. Epice
  6. Klein JAN
  7. Le coin Français
  8. Les Créatifs
  9. PIER Restaurant
  10. Rust en Vrede
  11. Salsify
  12. The Pot Luck Club
  13. The Test Kitchen Carbon
  14. Wolfgat


  1. Aubergine
  2. Belly of the Beast
  3. Cavalli
  4. Clara’s Barn
  5. Eike
  6. Faber
  7. Fermier
  8. Gåte
  9. Nobu
  10. Qunu
  11. Séjour
  12. The Chefs’ Table
  13. The LivingRoom
  14. The Tasting Room at Creation
  15. The Test Kitchen Fledgelings
  16. The Waterside
  17. Tokara


Six Haute Performance awards were bestowed on deserving icons in the industry for their part in future-building the industry.

  • Pillar – Harald Bresselschmidt of Aubergine
  • Pivot – Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen Carbon and The Test Kitchen Fledgelings
  • Pioneer – Mmbatho Molefi of Emazulwini Restaurant
  • Provenance – Allistaire Lawrence of The Werf
  • Proficiency – Peter Tempelhof, Ashley Moss and Jennifer Hugé of FYN

The inaugural Wesgro Purpose and Passion Award was given to Sense of Taste Chef School.

The award-winning Plate Rating was implemented in 2016, the first of its kind in this country. Global benchmarking and final, announced reviews by qualified and trained evaluators after anonymous visits, have remained consistent.

The digital guide is available to download free of charge at www.gourmetguide.co.za.

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